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Laura St. Germain, Amanda M. Rymal and David J. Hancock

described deliberate play as a critical component of elite performance, whereby athletes learn skills through exploration and creativity. Though elite sport performance is influenced by several other factors (e.g., genetics, psychology, access to coaches, social support, and birth advantages; see Baker

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Brad Thatcher, Georgi Ivanov, Mihaly Szerovay and Graham Mills

become increasingly accessible, sports performance has emerged as an area of interest, specifically in how coaches can obtain value from the use of VEs. In addition, as VR software and hardware components have become more powerful and less expensive, the sophistication of responsive sports-themed VEs has

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Jeffrey B. Ruser, Mariya A. Yukhymenko-Lescroart, Jenelle N. Gilbert, Wade Gilbert and Stephanie D. Moore

this study was to explore the relationships between gratitude and constructs that are central to student-athlete well-being, such as coach–athlete relationships (CAR) and athlete burnout. As such, we examined these relationships and reviewed the existing literature to illuminate how studying and

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Julian North, David Piggott, Alexandra Rankin-Wright and Michael Ashford

There is increasing policy recognition of the potential of sport coaching and sports coaches to assist in the delivery of a range of important individual and social outcomes for participants and performers, for example, physical activity, health and well-being, improved confidence, and social

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Fernando Santos, Daniel Gould and Leisha Strachan

Research on positive youth development (PYD) through sport has provided valuable insight on how youth sport coaches’ may facilitate positive developmental outcomes such as leadership, respect, and teamwork ( Lacroix, Camiré, & Trudel, 2008 ; Trottier & Robitaille, 2014 ). Several descriptive and

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Julia Allain, Gordon A. Bloom and Wade D. Gilbert

Inspired by true stories, Hollywood films have recounted some of the most memorable sports moments, which highlighted the role of the coach during the intermissions of competition. For instance, Friday Night Lights shared the story of an American high school football team. In this movie, Coach

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Bård Erlend Solstad, Andreas Ivarsson, Ellen Merethe Haug and Yngvar Ommundsen

Grounded in Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 2000 , 2012 ; Ryan & Deci, 2017 ), a growing body of empirical work in sport psychology has indicated that the giving of autonomy-supportive sports coaching to athletes is related to the coach’s experience of improved well-being and

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Corliss Bean, Majidullah Shaikh and Tanya Forneris

—as relationships with coaches and peers, for example, can be associated with learning social skills. However, Holt et al. ( 2017 ) advocated for adopting an explicit life skills approach, enabling opportunities for youth to learn and practice life skills in an intentional manner. This supports previous and ongoing

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Travis Crickard, Diane M. Culver and Cassandra M. Seguin

Coach development has been described as the process through which coach learning occurs. This process encompasses formal, nonformal, and informal learning situations that lead to enhanced coaching skills and expertise ( Mallett, Trudel, Lyle, & Rynne, 2009 ; Trudel, Culver, & Werthner, 2013 ). How

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Göran Kenttä, Marte Bentzen, Kristen Dieffenbach and Peter Olusoga

High-performance (HP) coaching is a demanding profession that challenges mental health and sustainability in the profession ( Didymus, 2017 ). Coaches face constant pressure related to performance expectations, along with the perennial threat of negative consequences such as funding cuts and job